Lori Hicks


Member, Nominating Committee
Appointed November 2020; term ends November 2021

Lori Hicks serves as Chair of Humanities and Performing Arts at Kentucky State University. She was previously Associate Professor of Voice and Opera at Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina.

As a singer, composer, arranger, vocal technician, clinician, and director, Professor Hicks has led and engaged in numerous projects in the areas of Black and African American music and repertoire. Her lecture workshop, “From the Black Church to the Opera Stage: Transforming Students from the Gospel Belt to the Classical Sound” was presented at the 2018 National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) National Conference. Her recital series, “Music of My Voice: A Portrayal of the African American Experience through Classical Music in Stage, Song, and Spirit” is a multimedia presentation of songs and arias by Black composers that continues to be performed at universities and churches. Her debut CD, “Music of My Voice,” was released in 2014. She has performed title roles with several opera companies, and was the youngest composer commissioned by the Negro Spiritual Scholarship Foundation (NSSF).

Professor Hicks holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, a Master of Music degree from Bowling Green State University, and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Kentucky State University.

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Posted December 2020